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Dalai Lama calls special meeting to discuss Tibet

September 15, 2008

Fri Sep 12, 2008 11:04am EDT

DHARAMSALA, India (Reuters) - The Dalai Lama has called a special 
meeting of Tibetan exiles in November or December to discuss political 
unrest in Tibet this year and the future of the Tibetan movement, 
officials said on Friday.

Karma Chophel, speaker of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile, told 
Reuters that officials would meet on Monday to discuss the details of 
the special session ordered by their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

The special meeting, the opening session of which would be addressed 
by the Dalai Lama, would be attended by Tibetan leaders, intellectuals 
and non-government organizations chosen by the Tibetan parliament-in-

"We have to discuss who are the other people to be called," Chophel 

The meeting of Tibetans comes after months of anti-China protests 
across the world, sparked off by unrest in Tibet in March which was 
aggressively suppressed by China.

Beijing says followers of the Dalai Lama fomented riots and protests 
across the mountainous region in a bid to derail last month's Olympics 
Games. The Dalai Lama has rejected the charge.

Envoys of the Dalai Lama and China met in July to defuse the crisis, 
the latest in several rounds of talks since 2002 that many Tibetans, 
especially younger generations, describe as a Chinese ploy to delay 
progress on the question of either independence or regional autonomy 
for Tibet.

The next round of those talks could be held as early as October, two 
Chinese sources with knowledge of the slow-moving dialogue, told 
Reuters last week.

Many exiled Tibetans would like to go further than the conciliatory 
"middle way" approach of the Dalai Lama, who seeks autonomy.

Tibetan officials said the meeting would see wide-ranging discussions 
about the future of the Tibetan movement.

"He will advise and he will give guidelines ... he will put before the 
general body his ideas," Chophel said of the Dalai Lama.

(Reporting by Abhishek Madhukar; Writing by Krittivas Mukherjee; 
Editing by Paul Tait)
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